WHY WE Splash!

A summer camp WITH Heart!
WHAT is OUR MISSION this year for MAKE A SPLASH?
Our mission is to raise funds to name an area at the at the new unit under construction at the downtown campus in honor of the founding families of CAMP BRAVEHEART.
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Who, What, and Why.
Funds raised will be donated to an area in honor of those medical professionals who have helped so many! Specifically BraveHearts is a group of families that have come together to raise awareness for congenital heart defects. BraveHearts is in the midst of raising money for a Cardiac ICU at Norton Children’s Hospital. Jennifer Lawrence and her family have kindly donated $2 million, starting the #JLawHeartChallenge . Throughout the year we also fundraise for camp. The camp (known as Camp BraveHearts) is one week during the summer the kids can come together for free at The Center For Courageous Kids in Scottsville,Ky.
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We have been honored with the opportunity to advocate for the growing need across the United States for awareness and educational efforts for Heart Health and represent so many in the quest to build awareness for rare diseases in our community for many years. That’s why when we were able to have the opportunity to advance efforts with Norton Healthcare, Pediatric Heart Care Partners, the University of Louisville and swim teams across the state we teamed up and began working on a concentrated initiative for need of knowledge for all families.
WHY Make A Splash? Give back to our Louisville Pediatric Cardiology team and founding families of Camp BraveHearts! @CAMPBRAVEHEARTS
As of January 1 we have raised this year almost $5,000. Our story continues to chart the journey to move in a positive direction. To Change LIVES!
Isn’t there always a backstory?
We have been raising funds and supporting BraveHearts since we first became involved with Camp BraveHearts. For more information on Camp and the other BraveHearts simply follow this link to the @BraveHearts @CenterForCourageousKids
Hope you will find this journey motivational and inspiring as we have! Let’s GET Splashing to honor those Medical Professionals who dedicate their lives to saving lives!
WE CONTINUE TO EVOLVE. We recently raised $1500 from events in the community this past September – We donated $1000 to Festival Of Trees @NortonChildren’s Hospital in Louisville to Fund the BraveHearts Tree that was purchased during the event ($800) and donated back to Norton Children’s Hospital NICU (the beneficiary of the this year’s event).
We recently raised another $1000 at @SalsaritasFreshMexicanGrill and look forward for another day in September. In honor of my upcoming birthday we are planning a SPLASH event in hopes to reach our goal!
Follow this link to donate on behalf of those who mean so much to us!  @NortonsChildrensHospital https://www.firstgiving.com/event/5279/make-a-splash-4-hearts
Our Goal is for this phase of Make A Splash is $10,000… Hope you consider supporting this life changing cause to Honor those who have helped all of us in this journey – our Doctors and Medical Professionals that strive to continue to give us the best care available in our community.
They help us because they care not because they seek attention. Why join us? Why Support Make A Splash 4 Hearts?
WHAT IS A BRAVEHEART?
BraveHearts is a group of families that have come together to raise awareness for congenital heart defects. BraveHearts is in the midst of raising money for a Cardiac ICU at Norton Children’s Hospital. Jennifer Lawrence and her family have kindly donated $2 million, starting the #JLawHeartChallenge .
Where to find us. Twitter: BraveHeart_KY Instagram: BraveHearts_KY Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/nortonchildrens.bravehearts/ About BraveHearts. BraveHearts was formed in 2004 and is a group of families who have joined forces to make a difference for those facing a pediatric heart condition. Along with the special team of professionals at Norton Children’s Hospital, they provide support for families, a special camp for patients to attend for free, as well as support for the hospital. BraveHearts also raises funds for pediatric heart care. https://www.firstgiving.com/5279/make-a-splash-4-hearts
#TakeHeart

A summer camp with heart

On 168 acres of a former family farm in Scottsville, a summer camp experience like none other is unfolding this weekend.

Celebrating its 20th anniversary, Camp Brave Hearts offers a rare opportunity for children with congenital heart defects, those who require medical treatment for heart conditions, or have undergone heart surgery.

For many kids, the week at the Center for Courageous Kids is their first time in this type of outdoor environment. Doctors and nurses accompany the campers to accommodate their medical needs as they swim, ride horses, fish, rock climb, and experience classic camp hi-jinks.

“The camp gives children with heart disease a slice of summer fun and place to be a kid,” says Samantha Stallings, a Brave Hearts alum who returns this year as a camp counselor. “Thank you, Joyce and Dennis McClain, Dr. Boone, Dr. Sobczyk, and the many other doctors who founded a camp where kids with congenital heart defects can just go have fun.”

“The camp is a paradise where these children with physical limitations can be ‘normal,’” adds Pam Stallings, Samantha’s mother. “It is a place where they can interact with other children with heart disease and experience a feeling of identity and belonging.”

For many of the campers who bear the scars of heart surgeries, it is their first time in a swimsuit. Yet some feel so at ease among new friends that they compare their incisions with each other. The camp even has a comic book developed by longtime camper Lenn Wallace. The Zipper Club is included in items and information sent home with the littlest Brave Hearts when released from Norton Healthcare hospitals.

Other traditions continue this year at Camp Brave Hearts, including the ever popular “Messy Games,” which ends with camp counselors smeared with shaving cream, and the Try-Athlete Trot, a fundraiser for BraveHeart alums.

Samantha Stallings’ team, Trooper Island Gang, is challenging all camp alumni to donate.

“Samantha is who she is today because of the support received from this group of individuals,” her mother added. “Adversity breeds not only compassion but success. What gifts are given to us we should pass on to others.”

Family, friends, and supporters will gather in the garden area next to Plaza 1 at Norton Women’s & Children’s Hospital at 4001 Dutchman’s Lane in Louisville at 11:30am Saturday to give the 100  Brave Hearts campers a heartfelt sendoff.

Current and former campers will bring photos for a large camp collage wall and will enjoy games, face painting, and food from Salsarita’s. Support for the campers is provided through the Children’s Hospital Foundation.

“We salute everyone who has contributed to this incredible experience, and look forward to many more years of fun times we have ahead of us,” Stallings said. “We all are so thankful for their many years of dedication and leadership.”

(Article written by @KentuckyLiving) 2017

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